Shildon goods shed and Hackworth's Soho shed, Locomotion, National Railway Museum, Shildon, Mon 8 October 2012. Looking west. In 1833, Hackworth resigned from the Stockton & Darlington Rly, but he remained in Shildon as a contractor to the company until 1840. By this time he was building locomotives for sale at his Soho Works. The main workshop has been demolished (there is a replica at Beamish), but the building at right survives. From these early beginnings, the Stockton & Darlington, later North Eastern, Rly developed a very large wagon works at Shildon.. In the mid 1950s it had 3,400 employees, but decline set in and it closed in 1984 with the loss of 1,200 jobs. Only nine years before, in 1975, Shildon had celebrated the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Stockton & Darlington Rly - see the separate album of photos by Les Tindall. The goods shed is now used as a station for trains to the museum's main building.
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